In 2007, Waseda University
celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding by scholar and government leader Shigenobu Okuma. Waseda is one of Japan's top private, co-educational institutions of higher learning. Founded as a college with three departments under the old Japanese system of higher education, it has since grown to become a comprehensive university with 13 undergraduate schools. Waseda enrolls over 45,000 undergraduate students and 300 exchange students each year. Students can learn more about Waseda's exchange program here
Learning at Waseda
GW students at Waseda have three study track options
- The School of International Liberal Studies' (SILS) One-Year Study Abroad Program is an English-based program offering coursework in Asian culture, history, society, politics, economics, geography, arts, and literature.
- The Undergraduate Studies Program is a Japanese-language based program that allows qualified students to enroll in regular coursework offered in Japanese at Waseda.
- The Intensive Japanese Language Program is a year-long language-study focused program.
Life at Waseda
Students at Waseda are able to get involved in the many circle and clubs run by students. Numbering over 700, Waseda's clubs are grouped into five officially recognized types: physical education clubs (43 clubs), student associations (159 clubs), hobby clubs (347 clubs), regional student associations (22 clubs), and clubs recognized by individual schools (more than 100 clubs). The International Community Center
also organizes events throughout the semester for international students at Waseda.
Exchange students at Waseda live in international dormitories
near the main campus. Students in the SILS program can also request to live in a homestay with a family in Tokyo. GW students apply for housing upon acceptance to Waseda and pay all housing fees directly to Waseda University.
Late September to early August
Early April to early August
Important Application Information
Students can begin a GW Exchange program application at anytime; however, they must meet with their study abroad advisor prior to the GW Exchange program deadline for their applications to be considered.
Please refer to our Advising Services
page to find the appropriate study abroad advisor for your school.
The Office for Study Abroad will review all applications received for each exchange program and will nominate students for available exchange positions based on the quality of the application materials submitted. Students who are nominated must complete applications with exchange partners as directed to be accepted and enrolled in the program. Due to the limited exchange spots available, the Office for Study Abroad strongly encourages students to apply to a backup program in the event they are not selected for nomination. Students cannot not select a GW Study Program or a GW Exchange program as a backup option. Please note: applicants are required to commit to attending this exchange program if they are nominated to attend by the Office for Study Abroad.